Happy September, friends! It’s so hard to believe that we are four months away from Christmas and New Years. I swear I just sat down to write my 2017 goals! No doubt I sound like a broken record, but time this year is moving so quickly.
August was hands down the best month of the year, if not my life. It will be tough to beat and I probably never will! I am sad to say goodbye to the month of our wedding, but greatly looking forward to fall and all the changes it will bring. I love the fresh start that comes with a new month, and I feel like September brings an especially new start! September brings a change in season, the start of the school year, and the start of a new job. This will be the first month that we begin as a married couple and I can’t wait to see where it takes us!
It’s time to set some goals for the next 30 days. I like to look back at the goals I set for myself at the start of August and evaluate whether or not I achieved them before creating any new ones 😉
Here are the goals I set for myself at the start of August:
- Get serious about marathon training! This is the point where the mileage really starts to increase and it is important for me to stay on top of my game. When we get back from our honeymoon I will no longer have any excuses.
- My training has been going really well since we got back from our honeymoon! I don’t know if I can count this month as entirely serious, because I did miss 9 days of training for our honeymoon, but I have been pretty consistent since our return and am happy with the progress I’ve made!
- With that being said, continue strength training and stretching after each run.
- Yes, finally! I’ve tried and tried to continue this in previous marathon training cycles, and always get lazier as the miles increase. So far, so good. Last week it took me about 5 hours to get motivated to foam roll after my long run, but I still managed to fit it in and felt so much better afterwards.
- Try out some new cross training activities to complete on my cross day each month.
- Ehhh, I did a pretty mediocre job with this one. We hiked and swam on our honeymoon, which were both great cross training, but aside from that I haven’t done anything completely new. I did create a few new workouts for myself, but most of the moves were ones that I do frequently.
- Complete my first ever non-running race!
- …Oops! This one was a definite flop. My mom and I had signed up for a swim race, where we were set to swim 1.2 miles in open water, but ended up being a no show. We would have had to either get a hotel or camp on the east side of the state 5 days after returning from our honeymoon, and it just ended up being too much all at once. We cancelled and will look for another one to do in the near future! I definitely want to incorporate swimming in to my training when it’s possible.
- Start and finish two books
- Complete! I read “Here’s to Us” by Elin Hilderbrand, and just finished “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist. Both books were excellent! Here’s to Us was a great beach read filled with lots of drama, and Present Over Perfect was very inspirational, especially at this point in my life. Loved them both!
- Shift my focus from the wedding to planning for the future; career, financial, moving to a new place, etc.
- I am just starting to work on this one! I was definitely surprised when we returned from our honeymoon by how many wedding tasks still needed to be wrapped up. We got our thank yous out, unpacked, and stored everything in their appropriate places for now. This week is the first week of completely shifting my focus off the wedding. We have had a lot of band rehearsals this week, so my time was limited, but I’m definitely off to a good start. I will continue this in September!
- Research Scleroderma and come up with a list of questions for my doctor.
- This has been on my mind and to do list a lot lately, but I haven’t completed it yet. My appointment with the Rheumatologist is on September 20th, so I absolutely plan on completing this in the near future!
- Visit a new country 🙂
- Yes, three! We visited Jamaica, Grand Caymen, and Mexico on our honeymoon – all three of which I had never been to before! Ooooh how I wish we could go back 🙂
- Remove myself from social media for a week.
- I think I half accomplished this one. My plan was to completely put my phone away for a week and only use it for pictures, but I ended up being so obsessed with wanting to see all the pictures friends posted from our wedding that I couldn’t stay away. Since we left the morning after our wedding, we left before I had seen any pictures at all. After the first few days I was able to remove myself from my phone and leave it behind on the boat, but it took a few days to get there.
- GET MARRIED!!
After reflecting on my goals and accomplishments (and also failures;) from the last month, here are the 10 new ish goals I’m going to set for September.
- Listen to my body on my runs and adjust my training plan accordingly.
- As it gets cooler I start to feel less thirsty during the day, so I want to continue to drink at least 60 ounces of water per day.
- Cook at home more often and go out to eat less.
- Bake at least one new dessert recipe.
- Do some fall activities!
- Seriously this time: learn more about Scleroderma and narrow down the diagnosis with my doctor.
- De-clutter our house! We have so many little trinkets and clothes or shoes lying around that we absolutely never use. Now that we’ve gotten so many wedding gifts I’d like to go through the house and donate the things we never use.
- Start and finish at least one book.
- Look into some local seasonally themed races to run this fall/winter.
- Shift focus from our wedding to our marriage: continue to date each other and communicate about all the things that will be changing now that we’re married.
And with that, September has begun! I’m sure I am not alone in being excited to say goodbye to those hot and humid runs of summer and hello to cooler, crisp weather this month. Fall is such a beautiful season and I love running in all the different colors!
Enjoy these last few weeks of summer, and happy September!